January 2015 Archives

30 January 2015

Press Release: Salem Returns For Season Two on Sunday April 5

Here’s the press release announcing that Salem, Lucy’s new show, will begin it’s second season on April 5.

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Find out more about Lucy's new recurring role as Countess Marburg in Salem by going to the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Salem Subsite

Special recurring guest star, Lucy Lawless ("Xena: Warrior Princess," "Spartacus"), plays "Countess Marburg," one of the last remaining survivors of the legendary line of ancient German witches.

What Is Salem?

Set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, 'Salem' explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth hiding behind the veil of this infamous period in American history. In Salem, witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem.

 

PRESS RELEASE

WGN America Announces Premiere Date for Season Two of Its Spellbinding Original Drama 'Salem' and Debuts First-Look Photo "Time for war."

"Salem" Returns for Season Two on Sunday, April 5 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT

Recurring Guest Stars Lucy Lawless and Stuart Townsend Join Returning Cast

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- WGN America has set the premiere date for the highly anticipated second season of its hit supernatural thriller "Salem," which will make its return on Sunday, April 5 at 10:00 p.m. ET/ 9:00 p.m. CT.  The network also released the first-look photo from the new season of "Salem," currently in production in Shreveport, LA for its 13-episode sophomore run, featuring recurring guest stars Lucy Lawless ("Xena: Warrior Princess," "Spartacus") and Stuart Townsend ("Betrayal," "The League of Extraordinary Gentleman").


From creators and writers Brannon Braga ("Cosmos," "24") and Adam Simon ("The Haunting in Connecticut"), "Salem" season two opens at the dawn of the witch war set into motion at the end of season one, with its catalyst and Salem's deadliest witch, Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery, "Made in Jersey," "Human Target") at the center of the mayhem as she faces off against new and old adversaries vying for her throne.  In the wake of the destruction caused by the Grand Rite, completed by Mary and inadvertently triggered by Isaac Walton (Iddo Goldberg, "Mob City") in the season one finale, the fates of Captain John Alden (Shane West, "Nikita," "ER"), Cotton Mather (Seth Gabel, "Arrow," "Fringe"), Tituba (Ashley Madekwe, "Revenge"), Anne Hale (Tamzin Merchant, "Jane Eyre"), Mercy Lewis (Elise Eberle, "The Astronaut Farmer") and Isaac hang in the balance.

New to the embattled 17th-century village for the second season of "Salem" are Lucy Lawless as Countess Marburg, one of the last descendants of a legendary line of ancient German witches; Stuart Townsend as Samuel Wainwright, a mysterious doctor looking to uncover the secrets of Salem as he keeps a few of his own; Joe Doyle ("Raw") as Baron Sebastian Marburg, the charming and cultured son of the Countess; and Oliver Bell ("The Saint") as Mary's long-lost son, who was revealed in the season one finale to have been secretly kept alive all along by her coven.

"Salem," called "perversely entertaining" by The New York Times and "a sexy good time" by The Hollywood Reporter, is a bold re-imagination of the infamous 17th century witch trials in colonial Massachusetts. 

"Salem" is executive produced by Brannon Braga, Adam Simon, Kelly Souders, Brian Peterson and Prospect Park's Josh Barry and Jeff Kwatinez.  Nick Copus directs and serves as co-executive producer.  The series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios.

Follow "Salem" on Twitter and YouTube @SalemWGNA. "Like" the series on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SalemWGN.

Follow the "SALEM" Cast on Twitter:

Co-Creator:

 

About WGN America and Tribune Studios


WGN America, the flagship entertainment network of Tribune Media Company, is nationally distributed in 71 million homes via cable, satellite and telco, with entertainment programming including the original, scripted series "Salem," "Manhattan" and "Outsiders," along with first-run syndicated series, blockbuster movies and live sports.  Through Tribune Studios, the creative development arm of Tribune Media, original content is produced for WGN America and Tribune local stations nationwide. Follow the network on Twitter @wgnamerica. For additional information, please visit www.wgnamerica.com.


 

 

28 January 2015

High Water Comic Anthology with Intro By Lucy Lawless + Images

Here’s a superb way to support kiwi artists as they explore the threat of climate change. Damon Keen from 3 Bad Monkeys was kind enough to send me information regarding this issue plus some images of the comic. As Damon says below, the comic will be available in late Feb/early March. You can order if you are overseas (see below for details). Lucy wrote the introduction to the anthology.

HIGH WATER
Comic Anthology with Lucy Lawless Introduction

 

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High Water is a 96 page hardcover comic anthology featuring some of New Zealand's best comic artists, including Dylan Horrocks (Hicksville, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen), Sarah Laing (A Fall of Light), Chris Slane (Nice Day For A War) and many others.

The stories all explore the threat of climate change, and range from the distant past to the far future, and from thoughtful to hilarious! Given Lucy's high profile as both a popular actor and passionate environmentalist, we were stoked that she was able to write an introduction for us. She's the perfect voice for this book!

High Water is being published by 3 Bad Monkeys, the publisher of Faction - NZ's premier comic anthology. It will be available in New Zealand comic shops from late February, early March. International buyers will be able to pick up a copy from
www.factioncomics.co.nz

 

More Links

www.factioncomics.co.nz

www.facebook.com/FactionComics

twitter.com/FactionComics


 

 

28 January 2015

Lucy In the News–Media Roundup

Here’s some of the articles that appeared last week that featured Lucy.


 

 

24 January 2015

Salam Season 2 Countess Marburg Investigating Witches

Image635576886902278228Just Jared blog has a write up about the upcoming second season of Salem with Lucy as Countess Marburg. They have a bit more info about what Countess Marburg is going to be doing in Salem. A witch investigating witches...what could go wrong with that? We shall see.

The premiere of Season 2 is on 1 April (not sure if that's when Lucy will be seen, we have to wait and see for news about that). Find out more about Lucy's new recurring role as Countess Marburg in Salem by going to the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Salem Subsite

Just Jared snippet:

At the same time, Countess Marburg, one of the last surviving witches of a an ancient German tribe, comes to Salem to investigate the witches.

Read full article

 

Lucy's Role

Special recurring guest star, Lucy Lawless ("Xena: Warrior Princess," "Spartacus"), plays "Countess Marburg," one of the last remaining survivors of the legendary line of ancient German witches. 

 

What Is Salem?

Set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, 'Salem' explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth hiding behind the veil of this infamous period in American history. In Salem, witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem.


 

 

21 January 2015

New Netflix Instant Releases–February 2015 Spartacus

Screencrush has reported that Spartacus will now be shown on US giant tv and movie streaming service Netflix from Feb 1, 2015


‘Spartacus’ Complete Series
(2010—2013): Starring Andy Whitfield, Lucy Lawless, and Manu Bennett. Watch the story of history’s greatest gladiator unfold with graphic violence and explicit sex. This is Spartacus.

LUCY LAWLESS IS LUCRETIA!
Lucretia, Domina of Batiatus' Ludus in Capua, beloved wife of Quintas Batiatus.
Season 1 saw Lucretia as the woman who loved and adored her husband Batiatus. She desperately wanted to give her husband a child by any means necessary. The Prequel saw a young Lucretia learning the art of seduction and manipulation and Season 2 will see Lucretia as the grieving widow, alone in Roman society without of her beloved Batiatus. Spartacus and Crixus ended her marriage and killed her unborn child. Without Batiatus by her side, her status in Roman society has evaporated. Lucretia is out for vengeance on those that killer her husband, killed her child and left her for dead.

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For more info about Lucy as Lucretia go to the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Spartacus subsite


 

 

15 January 2015

Press Release: Lucy To Be Special Recurring Guest Star on Salem Season 2

Image635569423039175595Lucy Lawless, Stuart Townsend, Joe Doyle And Oliver Bell Join Cast Of WGN America's 'Salem' Season Two "Salem" Stars Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel, Ashley Madekwe, Tamzin Merchant, Elise Eberle and Iddo Goldberg to Return in Season Two

Fox 21 Production, Created by Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, Begins Today on 13-Episode Second Season for April 2015 Premiere

WGN America's "SALEM": Season Two Premieres in April 2015.
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SHREVEPORT, La., Jan. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Lucy Lawless, Stuart Townsend, Joe Doyle and Oliver Bell have joined the cast of WGN America's hit supernatural thriller "Salem," which begins production on its second season today in Shreveport, LA. The new season of the series called "perversely entertaining" by The New York Times and "a sexy good time" by The Hollywood Reporter, centers on Salem's most powerful and ruthless witch Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery, "Made In Jersey," "Human Target") as she faces off against new and old adversaries vying for control of the embattled 17th-century village. Created and written by award-winning Brannon Braga ("Cosmos," "24") and Adam Simon ("The Haunting in Connecticut"), the gripping one-hour drama, produced by Fox 21, will return to WGN America in April 2015.

Special recurring guest star, Lawless ("Xena: Warrior Princess," "Spartacus"), plays "Countess Marburg," one of the last remaining survivors of the legendary line of ancient German witches.

Townsend ("Betrayal," "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"), in a recurring guest role, portrays English aristocrat "Samuel Wainwright" - a doctor looking to uncover the secrets of "Salem" and keep his own from those who would seek to discover them.

Doyle ("Raw") joins the cast as a series regular in the role of "Baron Sebastian Marburg," the charming and cultured son of the Countess.

Also added as a series regular is Bell, who reprises his role as the long-lost son of Mary - long believed to be dead, but who was revealed to have been secretly kept alive by Mary's witches at the end of season one.

Returning as leading cast members are Janet Montgomery, Shane West ("Nikita," "ER") as Captain John Alden, Seth Gabel ("Fringe") as Cotton Mather, Ashley Madekwe ("Revenge") as Tituba, Tamzin Merchant ("Jane Eyre") as Anne Hale, Elise Eberle ("The Astronaut Farmer") as Mercy Lewis and Iddo Goldberg ("Mob City") as Isaac Walton.

The expansive "Salem" set, which covers 30 acres in Shreveport, LA, where the historic village has been recreated with astonishing detail, has been further expanded in season two to include a new port and intricate buildings in an area known as "Knocker's Hole."

Joining Braga, Simon and Prospect Park's Josh Barry and Jeff Kwatinetz as executive producers are Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson, who previously served as showrunners on "Smallville" and co-showrunners on "Beauty and the Beast." Also new to the creative team for "Salem" season two is Nick Copus ("Arrow," "Nikita"), who directs and serves as co-executive producer.

Follow "Salem" on Twitter and YouTube @SalemWGNA. "Like" the series on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SalemWGN.

Follow the "SALEM" Cast on Twitter:

•Janet Montgomery: @jayrmonty
•Shane West: @shanewest
•Seth Gabel: @sethgabel
•Ashley Madekwe: @smashleybell
•Tamzin Merchant: @tamzinmerchant
•Elise Eberle: @eliseeberle
•Iddo Goldberg: @IddoG
•Lucy Lawless: @reallucylawless
•Stuart Townsend: @stu_townsend
•Joe Doyle: @royal_doyle

Co-Creator:
•Brannon Braga: @BrannonBraga

About WGN America and Tribune Studios
WGN America, the flagship entertainment network of Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO), is nationally distributed in 71 million homes via cable, satellite and telco, with entertainment programming including the original, scripted series "Salem," "Manhattan" and "Outsiders," along with first-run syndicated series, blockbuster movies and live sports. Through Tribune Studios, the creative development arm of Tribune Media, original content is produced for WGN America and Tribune local stations nationwide. Follow the network on Twitter @wgnamerica. For additional information, please visit www.wgnamerica.com.

Fox 21 Television Studios
The newly formed Fox 21 Television Studios is a production unit housed within Fox Television Group devoted to making creatively ambitious scripted and unscripted series for all distribution platforms. Fox 21 Television Studios currently produces the Emmy and Golden Globe winning Homeland starring Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin, the critically acclaimed The Americans (with FX Productions) starring Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell, Kurt Sutter's smash hit Sons of Anarchy (with FX Productions), Brannon Braga and Adam Simon's supernatural hit Salem, Veena Sud's The Killing, Howard Gordon's Tyrant, Legends from Howard Gordon and Jonathan Levin, and The Comedians (with FX Productions) from Larry Charles, Matt Nix and Ben Wexler, starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad. In addition to American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson, this spring, the studio begins production on The Bastard Executioner (with FX productions) from Brian Grazer, Kurt Sutter, and Paris Barclay.


 

 

15 January 2015

Lucy Joins TV Show Salem in Recurring Role + New Subsite

Image635569014207010299TV Line has a great news about a new recurring role for Lucy.

GN America's Salem is beefing up its Season 2 cast, inviting a warrior princess and an extraordinary gentleman into the fold.

Lucy Lawless and Stuart Townsend will both recur in the supernatural drama's 13-episode sophomore season, the network announced Wednesday. Lawless will play Countess Marburg, one of the last members of a line of powerful German witches, while Townsend will play Samuel Wainwright, an English doctor intent on exposing Salem's secrets -- while closely guarding his own.

 

 

Found out more about Lucy's new recurring role as Countess Marburg in Salem by going to the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Salem Subsite

 

Lucy's Role

Lucy will play Countess Marburg, one of the last members of a line of powerful German witches


What is Salem?

Set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, 'Salem' explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth hiding behind the veil of this infamous period in American history. In Salem, witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem.


 

 

14 January 2015

Lucy NZ Herald Column: Beware The Vampires Deep In The Gorge 7 January 2015

Lucy’s January 2015 column was posted 7 January 2015

You read of Lucy's articles by going to the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Columnist subsite

Beware The Vampires Deep In The Gorge 7 January 2015

Dad had us eating out of the palm of his hand on the long holiday road trip up north to Grandma's.

By Lucy Lawless

I am sitting between my Dad and big brother on the wide leather bench seat of our big car. Mum is in the back holding the baby.

My Irish twin, Davey, complains that he wants to sit in the front. He is 11 months older than me but I am proud that everyone thinks he looks younger than me. Plus, he can't say "fish". He pronounces it "thish", which I also lord over him.

I bags my turn to pay the tolls at the Auckland Harbour Bridge. To me it is a lovely old brontosaurus and it is thrilling to come flying over its back and down the tail. My ears pop a bit. Terrifyingly, the oncoming cars are corralled by nothing more than a streak of white paint but I know my Dad will hold the mighty Falcon steady.

We are waylaid by an extra-long queue for the toll booths. It is an irritation for grown-ups but Davey and I still fight over who gets to throw the florin to the man. I win because I am a brat and soon we are on our way.

Finally we reach the Brynderwyns on our six-hour journey to see Grandma for the Christmas holidays. The Brynderwyn Hills are pretty unremarkable. I'm just a kid but frankly they hardly seem worthy of being given a name. No offence.

Anyway, the Brynderwyns are where I have to give up the prized spot in front. When the coast is clear, Dad gives us the okay to switch places en route. He slows to 60km/h to make the transition safer, though somehow Davey still manages to give me a kick in the armpit on the way through. Now he has to put on the seatbelt because he's in the front but no one bothers in the back, despite Mum's protestations. We are bulletproof. All the same, we slow to gawk at the spot where a busload of 15 souls plummeted to their deaths 10 years earlier.

In the back of the car I slump low and let the thrum of the engine own me. The power poles whiz by and the wires do barrel-rolls in mesmeric patterns. They roll one way, reverse, reverse then vanish altogether. I hold my breath willing them to resume. It's a battle of wills.

By and by they do and I doze off. The car slows. I instinctively sense we have arrived. I lurch up from deepest child slumber, with seat buckle imprinted on my sweaty cheek, and find myself eye to eye with a Hereford bobby calf. Dad's car swims like a salmon through a stream of bovine anguish. They seem to know they're headed for the abattoir at Moerewa.

As we get closer to the Mangamuka Gorge, Dad grows confident enough to make the ultimate offer, to tell a vampire story. The climax of any scary story has to occur in the gorge. It's dark and twisty and Dad makes helpless pleas to the sky that our car not break down for who knows what could happen in this inhospitable land?

If he makes the offer too early, his voice may not last the distance. We are overjoyed to have the bejeezus scared out of us. There is always a priest, a good guy and a couple of ne'er-do-wells. Only one will live to tell the tale, which is exactly what Dracula wants. He knows that after a feast he can hibernate in his cellar till the next brood of treasure hunters comes a knockin'.

We learned some rules about life on a Dracula hunt.

Read More

You read of Lucy's articles by going to the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Columnist subsite


 

 

10 January 2015

Behind the Scenes Video of Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight

Here’s a cool look at behind the scenes of Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight


 

 

4 January 2015

The Secret Art of Bees–Sunday Star Times 04 January 2015

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The New Zelaand Sunday Star Times has an article about the preservation of bees and what kiwis are doing to highlight the problem of a dwindling bee population:

Lucy is mentioned with a great photo of her in bee-hive friendly garden:

So there's actor Lucy Lawless in her bee-friendly garden that has housed hives for four years; flower-painting artist Pamela Wolfe who says "more bees means more fertility in the garden and more subject matter for me, so I'm really happy"; and school students competing with each other to identify the most bee food.

"There's an amazing line being drawn," says Smuts-Kennedy. "Between the bees and us - these invisible connections."

Source: Sunday Star Times

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1 January 2015

Video and Caps: Lucy at Rehearsal and Interview for Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight

Shine On Media has released their video of the rehearsals the media were allowed to see. Lucy is interview and we see her singing “One Way or Another”

Check out the screencaps below!

 

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